This season’s managerial-merry-go-round is now in full flow.
As one Championship vacancy closed another one opened after Aston Villa named Dean Smith as their new manager on Wednesday night, with John Terry heading back to Villa Park as his assistant coach.
The appointment means that fellow second-tier side Brentford are now on the hunt for a new head coach, and there’s only one man for the job judging by comments from many fans on social media.
Brentford’s assistant turned interim manager Thomas Frank is now the scorching hot 1/4 favourite to step up to the plate and take charge of the Bees on a permanent basis.
The former Brondby and Denmark youth team boss, who will today (Thursday) take training, would be a popular choice for the full-time job according to @ChamDesilva:
All the best to Dean Smith. A very decent man who had embraced the football club and understood our ethos. Well done to Mr Benham for allowing him to join his childhood club. Thomas Frank ideal man to step up
@DavidAnderson_1 was in total agreement:
I think most have felt like Thomas Frank has been groomed for this moment since he arrived. Everything associated with the club is about succession planning, it’s such a finely tuned beast, internal promotion especially right now is most logical. You’d want as much to stay same..
As were @AHuckle and @YahMoBeeThere:
Just a cog in the Brentford fc wheel.. love how these clueless people who think the way we play was down to Smith.. We will Still finish above villa.. Thomas Frank's red and white army
I will be very surprised if it’s not Thomas Frank.
Thomas Frank has been a cert for that job since the day he arrived so I doubt we’ll look any further other than perhaps another assistant. Biggest challenge will be replacing Smith’s personal skills; players loved him but he held us back tactically at times.
It will be interesting to see how the next couple of days pan out, but while Frank is the hot frontrunner, the job is not yet his. Other names in the mix include Danny Cowley, Michael Appleton, Nathan Jones and Carlos Carvalhal.
Promotion-chasing Brentford have a pause in play before they are next in action at home to Lee Johnson’s Bristol City on Saturday 20th October, followed by fixtures against Preston and Norwich. The Bees are currently priced at 2/1 to win promotion and 15/2 to lift the Championship title.